If you're lucky enough to know a local beekeeper, you may be able to pick up some raw, honey-scented beeswax with for a good price. However, before you get started on making homemade beeswax candles, lotion bars, reusable food wrap, food-grade crayons, calendula salve, homemade lotion or another project, be aware that unfiltered beeswax comes with [...] Continue Reading
Although I'd love fall to be a blur of pie baking, hay rides and rolling down giant hills with my littles, the reality is I have to be intentional about creating memories between loads of laundry. This year, I set my sights on something simple yet quintessentially fall - caramel apples. Yep, we're talking sweet caramel wrapped around crisp, tart [...] Continue Reading
NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. < <-- If that's the first thing you think when you see a candy thermometer mentioned in a recipe, I get it. I'm not always a precise cook, and I don't like to invest my time in difficult recipes that will flop if I throw in an extra grain of salt. Here's the deal, though: If you can count and stir, you can make these [...] Continue Reading
Me: Hey guys, you need to go clean your playroom and then you can do whatever you want until Levi wakes up.Micah: We can play with sharp knives !?!!?!?!?Me: . . . .Maybe it's just me, but the thought of giving my kids knives makes me cringe a little. Unless you count "baking" a potato in the microwave along with a few other - ummm, [...] Continue Reading
Stories of Canadian Thanksgiving pranks gone wrong, ordering coffee in French, and the construction of "Terabithia" by my little ones and their compadres < <-- These are the souvenirs I'm thankful to have brought home from my family's recent meetup with friends in Quebec. Unfortunately, we brought an additional one as well - a sore throat and [...] Continue Reading
Have you ever wandered into a liquor store with a toddler in tow at eleven in the morning, plopped down half a gallon of rum on the counter and smiled? It yields quite an interesting response, I assure you.Of course, I had **slightly** different plans than the cashier guessed - homemade vanilla extract! Not only is it more delicious than [...] Continue Reading
Note from Mommypotamus: Yesterday the Potamus family gathered around a 100 year-old table with our friends from EntreFamily to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. We didn't know we'd be traveling in Quebec during the holiday, but we loved the experience and I'm ready to do it all again next month at home. Of course, no fall/Thanksgiving season is [...] Continue Reading
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I'm Heather, aka The Mommypotamus. I’m a wife, mom, real food lover, research geek, and amateur homesteader. And potamus... obviously.